The other morning I woke up and excitedly drove across town to attend a job interview. Upon arriving, I was a bit surprised at how small the office was, but having worked in a small company before I didn’t let that deter me. After all, there is nothing better than helping a company go from small and unknown to successful.
Once inside, I was immediately greeted by the business owner’s wife. She led me to her office and began the interview. It went great. So great in fact, that she hired me on the spot! To finalize the process, she handed me a document to sign. On the document was my hourly rate. $6.30 an hour. Needless to say, I was not happy.
“Ma’am I’m sorry, but I can’t take this job if that’s all you’re going to pay me. That’s a huge pay cut from all of my previous jobs.”
With a deep sigh, she called her husband into the office. They stood in the corner of the room and quietly discussed the matter. After a few moments she raised her voice to where I could clearly hear her. “Are you sure about that? Can we afford to pay that much? Have you checked the budget? Okay, if you say so.”
At this point, I got a little excited. I was thinking, if the increase is so much that she had to ask if they could afford it, then it had to be a lot.
Walking back to her desk, she placed the document down and crossed out the old rate and replaced it with the new one. She then turned around and handed it back to me. Anticipating a much higher rate of pay, I happily took the document from her and immediately scanned down to see the new rate.
$6.50 an hour! A whole 20 cents? Seriously? With that, I shook my head and apologized to them for wasting their time (and mine) and walked out.
Then, I woke up. It was only a dream. What a relief!